Natural hair exposé is a new feature on LME where I will interview naturals both old and new to gain more insights on their natural hair journey, favorite products, hair regimen and advice for other naturals.
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In the second installment of NHE, I interviewed Jess from New York. Who is a brand new natural but had so much knowledge to share about natural hair. Please continue reading to learn more about how Jess keeps her hair healthy and strong.
How long have you been natural?
My last perm was in February 2014. I literally permed just my leave out since I was doing a full head sew in weave for Trinidad carnival. I did my “big chop” in March of 2015 but felt I still had some permed parts. So I cut more off in April.
What is your experience so far as a natural?
My natural hair is very manageable so I’ve had mostly good experience.
Please describe your hair texture/type.
My dad is part Indian which was passed on to me. The middle of my hair is super curly and the putter crown has more of a kinky texture.
What are your favorite hair products and what have they done for your hair?
So far I have been obsessed with the AsIAm Coconut Cowash. I also use Creme of Nature’s leave in and Jamaican Castor Oil. They leave my hair feeling super soft and just naturally curly.
Describe your hair care regimen and reason behind it.
When I am not wearing my hair in a protective style (I prefer the Senegalese twists), I am wearing them in two strand finger twists that are coiled at the ends. I usually Cowash, then before styling I use the LOC method, leave in, oils and then cream products. After wearing that style for 2 days or so I undo them and wear a mini curled fro.
What advice do you have for new or old naturals hoping to grow their hair healthier?
I think the best advice is to know YOUR hair. What may work for others may not necessarily work for you. Don’t go crazy trying to obtain a look that someone else may have, just work and play with yours to see what you can come up with. Moisture is key. Don’t dry out your hair and remember little to no heat works wonders for growth.
What do you think of Jess’s natural hair journey? Have you used any of her preferred hair products or hairstyles? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.